Sarah was the lucky winner of a gift certificate for a photo session and it was absolute perfect timing that her little guy was turning one.  Now normally for first year sessions I always bring a custom made cake but Mr Trevor was not a fan of said things so instead we settled for a giant wedge of watermelon.  But cake smash (or watermelon eating in his case) aren’t just about the baby.  These sessions include family shots and sibling shots and turn out to be a pretty meaty session.
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We found a great spot in Sparks, Nv with a beautiful open field and even more awesome abandoned barn.  I love wide open spaces.

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This little guy was not quite walking but still loved trying…

trevorsmash8372Gotta love it when sister “accidentally” knocks her brother over…LOL
trevorsmash8339trevorsmash8332Miss Emma was a doll and I loved the dress her mama picked out for her.  I adore her innocence in this shot…trevorsmash8428So like I said this wasn’t your typical cake smash session.  Mom, who is also a photographer, had a vision for a truly customized session that would encompass everything her little man loved.  Trevor loved mud and trucks and so thats what we did.  I brought gallons of water out and made trevor his very own mud pit!  This old tonka truck was one that my own kids played with and he loved sitting in the back of it.  I’m pretty sure he loved the mud too.:)trevorsmash8382And the watermelon….To say he loved it is an understatement hahahatrevorsmash8406This session was so much fun!  Warm weather, smiling kiddos, watermelon grins and good ol fun family time.  Thank you Wing family for trusting me with your memories!

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0H7B4593_1Your newest little bundle of joy is here! There has been so much anticipation leading up to this. Who does he or she look like? Do they have a lot of hair? How much did they weigh? But there is one thing that is for sure with having a newborn and that is how quickly they grow!! Before you know it it’s been a week, a month, 3 months and in the blink of an eye they are a year old. Where does the time go??

Babies change so much in that first year but not as quickly as in the first couple weeks. You don’t want to miss any of it and as much as you work to soak up every little thing you will always look back and say “I don’t remember them being that small.” Newborn sessions do just that! They capture that newness. The flaky and wrinkly skin. The perfect pouty lips and those oh so adorable cheeks. Oh and lets not forget about capturing how tiny they are!

So while a newborn session maybe an easy enough decision to make, I have some great tips for you on how to pick the best newborn photographer for you. Yes…you have a choice!!!

Pre-session consults – These consults are important and honestly you shouldn’t book a newborn session with a photographer unless you have one. It’s an interview of sorts. The whole point of a consult is to make sure its a good fit for both parties. You want to meet and feel comfortable with the person who is going to be handling your very precious little new one right?? You don’t want to hand your baby over to someone who you have never met and you know nothing about them. Thats just all bad! Go with the photographer that you feel comfortable working with and feel safe with your baby. Its also great for us photographers as we can learn and understand about your vision for you session and make sure we can meet your expectations.

Experience – For the love of all things that are holy, please ask your photographer how much experience they have with newborns! Anyone can say they are a photographer and anyone can say they are a newborn photographer but the proof is in the pudding. Ask to look at their portfolio, ask how long they have been doing it, do they have insurance, have they gone to workshops or had specific training to do newborn posing? Working with newborns does not come without risks. Newborns don’t exactly raise their hands and say “hey you…my left foot is turning blue because you have me in an weird pose cause you’re doing it wrong!” No, they don’t! Photographers with experience and proper training know how to properly pose newborns so they don’t get hurt or are safe.

Portfolio – Really look at the photographers portfolio and make sure you like their style. We photographers have our own style of doing things…we are artists after all. Some like bright colors and clean edits. Others like matte, moody edits. Do you see where I’m going with this? Don’t go to a photographer with a vision of your session in mind of vivid colors and then when you get your pictures they are all neutral colors and hazy. You’ll be mad! You paid all this money and the images are ruined in your mind because they aren’t anything of what you were expecting. This is why a consult is so important as well. It puts everyones expectations on the forefront so everyone is on the same page.

Investment – Price plays a role in all decision making but don’t let it determine which photographer you go to! Pictures bring you back to that exact moment in time that it was taken and if done right should evoke emotion. You can feel how small they were in your arms, smell that newborn smell and remember how your heart skipped a beat when you first saw them. Pictures are memories and when you think of memories you also think of the word priceless. Priceless memories aren’t what you want to cut corners on. So yeah you saved a couple hundred dollars but what does that do for you when you don’t even want to display them? That photographer charging $100 may have a really attractive price tag but is their work what you were envisioning?? I mean after all…..

YOU ONLY GET ONE SHOT AT THIS! – No pressure right? Sorry to make this so difficult but think about it. Newborn sessions are best done between 5-12 days. You get that session done…3 weeks go by and you get the photos back and you hate them and then now what? By this time they are a month old, out of newborn age and you missed all that little squishiness that you wanted to capture! Crap! Trust me I have gotten these clients! It breaks my heart to see their disappointment!
Book early. Newborn photography is a lot of work and for that reason a lot of us only book a certain amount a month. The sooner you book a photographer the better to ensure you can reserve your spot. You don’t want to have to settle for someone you may not like.

So now that you have some tips get out there and find that photographer that works best for you! Talk to a few even. Like my work? Give me a call or an email! I would love to meet with you and we can discuss your vision more. Like me but maybe don’t like my style? No worries!! I know some great newborn photographers that maybe can accomplish your vision. Either way get some photos done of your new little squish. Because before you know it they won’t be little anymore and you will want to be able to look back and see how innocent they were before they start rolling their eyes and talking back! Haha

  • Liz - Just curious about your rates for newborn photography, we were looking to do mainly newborn but want a new pictures with mom and dad.ReplyCancel

    • admin - Of course! My newborn sessions include family pictures and individual photos with mom and dad :) I will email you some info shortly. And congratulations on your new baby!ReplyCancel

Well hello there…how are you??

While this is my first blog post I should probably introduce myself and give you a glimpse into my world. I’m a mother of 5…yes 5. And as you pick your jaw up from off the floor and prep to ask if I’m crazy, I swear I’m not. They may drive me to craziness, or a glass or two of wine, but I’m truly one lucky individual. Which brings me wine…oh how I love thee. White, red, the bubbly stuff…its all good in my eyes. And my husband…where do I begin?!? You know what I’m talking about ladies! I would say I could consider him my 6th child on some days.

But lets talk about why you are on this page…photographs. Memories. Pictures to look back at years later and talk about fun times. I could go on and on about how I started this journey but let me tell you WHY I started this journey!!

As a mom I always second guess myself. Am I doing a good enough job raising my kids? Am I setting a good example? You know…the usual parent stressors. But nothing could have prepared me for the shock I got when dropping my son off for his first day of middle school. As I pulled up and put the car in park I gave my son a quick kiss on the cheek and told him I wouldn’t embarrass him by walking him to his first class and I hoped he had a great first day. He looked at me and told me I could never embarrass him and that he loved me. (Insert crying now) At that moment I had a huge flood of emotions. First of all I felt a huge amount of love and pride. I mean…how often do we hear these types of things from our kids, especially teenagers?!? Then a realization hit me. Every single insecurity I had about myself didn’t matter and furthermore how I viewed myself was not at all how my kids viewed me! The 30 pounds I still carried after having my kids, how I always felt frumpy because I was too busy to put makeup on, my scraggly hair always looking disheveled…none of that mattered! My kids still loved me.

And then as I pondered it further I realized that all of these things I was so insecure about is what kept me from being in my own pictures with my kids! Wait what?!? That didn’t make sense! I remember looking back at pictures I had with my kids and always thinking, “ugh my double chin” or “ I look so fat” and then I realized that when my kids look back at those pictures 20 years from now they aren’t going to see that! They are going to see an amazing picture they have with their mom and how much they love her!!

Just recently I had a session with a 3 month old and I asked the mom if she wanted some pictures with her little girl. She replied that she wasn’t feeling pretty that day. I very politely put her in a simple pose and told her to nuzzle into her little one. After showing her the images she responded with “thank god I listened to you, I love it!!” That memory would have otherwise been lost for her little girl because of her own insecurities about how she looked.

So my WHY is simple…getting moms (and dads for that matter) in front of the camera and showing you that no matter how bad you feel about yourself your kids love you!!! Because guess what, you may never lose the last 10 pounds and that pesky double chin doesn’t matter. And waiting until those things are gone isn’t a good reason to wait to capture those memories for your little one. Life is fleeting and they are only this small once!!! One of my favorite pictures is of me and my oldest on the beach in monterey and as you can see, the look on his face, its pure joy! He’s having fun with his mom and that is all that matters! My double chin, hair in a pony tail and bigger arms means nothing. Its a picture of him and I that I will treasure forever and guess what…so will he!

Whether I’m photographing maternity, newborns, families or weddings…I want everyone to look back at those images hanging on their wall and think that was a good time and look at the love we have for one another!! As my tag line says, remember the little things because one day you will look back and they will be the big things! Tiny toes, toothless smiles, little people holding their mommys hands because they are their whole world!

So now that I have probably made you cry a little, sorry about that, I hope that you have also realized that you are enough! You are enough for them and are worthy of great images for your family to have for years to come. Images that will be passed down to their kids. We moms are amazing, strong and beautiful! Stop putting yourself down and see yourself through your kids eyes. They think you are amazing…its about time we start believing it!!

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  • Cassandra - You definitely made me cry! Thank you for writing this! Love you!ReplyCancel

    • admin - It’s so true though! Us moms need to realize how awesome we are :)ReplyCancel